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Drywall Installation Business Idea

Drywall, wallboard, sheet rock, gyp-board whatever you call it, it’s provided by a drywall services business.

Over the years, drywall has been the material of choice for walls and ceilings – replacing the labor-intensive techniques of yesteryear.

Hanging drywall requires a strong back, and tools with which to keep the heavy 4×8′ sheets in place while fastening them to the stud wall.

The real skill in a drywall services business involves the finishing of the hung product, though you may just focus on repairing and finishing the substrate.

First, the seams must be filled and smooth using a drywall compound. This is done using a mesh tape, a trowel, and the "mud". After curing, the joints should be sanded smooth then the whole wall sealed with a spray-applied vapor barrier.

After this, a primer or base-coat of finish material is applied, and then a final finish coat of paint or architectural coating put on. A variety of drywall tools are used for the seams and the finishing.

Drywall services companies focus on drywall supplies, and others on commercial structures. These most notably hotels where drywall substrates are finished with architectural coatings designed for durability, ease of maintenance and repair, and the suppression of mold and mildew.

These coatings are usually spray-applied by technicians schooled in their use, and can also be textured to hide substrate irregularities and provide decoration.

Smooth surfaces are acquired by the judicious use of a trowel in smoothing the still-wet material. Faux painting is another alternative finish used mostly by specialty finishing applicators. A variety of other painting techniques are used as well.

Managing Your Drywall Services Business

It is critical to your success that you learn your costs of material, labor, and equipment well. This will let you bid on projects that meet your margins and level of expertise.

There are a few simple rules-of-thumb that are often used in assessing jobs. These involve figuring the various costs-per-square-foot for materials and labor, then applying this figure to your ‘take-off’ from the plans and specifications for the project.

Equipment costs, along with other indirect costs, must be calculated as ‘burden’ on each and every job you bid on. This ‘burden’ figure is arrived at by projecting your annual sales then dividing that by your fixed costs plus the equipment. The resultant percentage is applied to your labor costs on all bids.

Finally, you have to learn how to manage your business. This includes accounting, records keeping, and tax reporting. In a small business operation, an outside firm may do all the accounting, but records must be kept accurately by you to enable this.

Many companies in the field specialize on one aspect of drywall used in construction. This could be hanging, finishing, repairing, coating, replacing or cleaning. Most construction projects are usually completed by a number of different specialists in drywall services under one central manager.

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